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CPC Probes Electricity Cost

Posted: Sep 18, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Stories by Judith Eshemitan,


With a view to putting an end to high tariffs in the country, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has launched an investigation into the high cost of electricity by distribution companies.

This was revealed at a meeting held in Abuja between the officials of electricity distribution companies and the CPC, where the Director General of the Council, Mrs. Dupe Atoki, said that there had been an enormous increase in complaints by electricity consumers in the last few months, bordering on indiscriminate increase in electricity bills, non-supply of meters and mass disconnections.

The CPC boss said that the Council would not hesitate to sanction distribution companies found guilty of the allegations brought against them.

The meeting had been convened to look into ways of ensuring that no electricity consumer in Nigeria was short-changed.

Complaints by electricity consumers in the country have been on the rise in the last few months, and some of the issues raised, which were discussed at the meeting, are the refusal of distribution companies to install pre-paid meters in consumers’ homes, as well as high and estimated charges.

The Executive Director, Regulatory and Stakeholders, Abuja DISCO, Abimbola Odubiyi, and the Head of Customer Service, Port Harcourt Distribution Company, Godwin Oruwiroro, gave reasons for the delay in the distribution of prepaid meters.

Recently, at a public hearing on power, the Chairman of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, expressed displeasure with the non-installation of prepaid meters in consumers’ homes, among other issues bothering on service delivery.